Archive for May, 2014

Serenity in May

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Dancing up the trail the fateful day at Turkey Mountain when we met Snowflake

Dancing up the trail the fateful day at Turkey Mountain when we met Snowflake

And this is how he found us.  He went right between my legs as I was taking pictures of the others.

And this is how he found us. He went right between my legs as I was taking pictures of the others.

"Ohhh, I wish she could be my cat.  I'd call her Snowflake.  She looks just like a silver, glistening snowflake.

“Ohhh, I wish she could be my cat. I’d call her Snowflake. She looks just like a silver, glistening snowflake.

We are a baby kitty and a baby doggie. Say "Wake Up!" to wake us up.

We are a baby kitty and a baby doggie. Say “Wake Up!” to wake us up.

On our way to the concert we got the traditional pic under the sign =)

On our way to the concert we got the traditional pic under the sign =)

Serenity's awesome Early Primary teachers

Serenity’s awesome Early Primary teachers

Playing tug-of-war at Field Day... seriously competitive kids here

Playing tug-of-war at Field Day… seriously competitive kids here

Sooo happy her Daddy was volunteering!

Sooo happy her Daddy was volunteering!

Balance Board

Balance Board

Science experiment with Daddy... they read it in one of our Science books for kids, and Eric surprised them by getting ingredients.  They mixed and tasted various combinations of juices, sodas and other drinks to experiment with flavors and color changes.

Science experiment with Daddy… they read it in one of our Science books for kids, and Eric surprised them by getting ingredients. They mixed and tasted various combinations of juices, sodas and other drinks to experiment with flavors and color changes.

Miss, "I taught DZ how to  climb a tree and now he's stuck"

Miss, “I taught DZ how to climb a tree and now he’s stuck”

Modeling her first dress from the girl's department instead of the little girl section

Modeling her first dress from the girl’s department instead of the little girl section

We visited the dinos at the zoo!  This t-rex was Donovan's favorite, Serenity liked the one that spits.

We visited the dinos at the zoo! This t-rex was Donovan’s favorite, Serenity liked the one that spits.

Eric called me to come take pictures of this... Serenity made some really good catches in the yard!  Including once when the ball went on the roof, she ran under it and waited for it to come down and got it!  This is a game Eric often plays by himself so he was thrilled!!!

Eric called me to come take pictures of this… Serenity made some really good catches in the yard! Including once when the ball went on the roof, she ran under it and waited for it to come down and got it! This is a game Eric often plays by himself so he was thrilled!!!

I just like this picture.  Sitting in Granny Hale's chair, dreaming out the window.  Maybe seeing our butterfly garden, which was her New Year's wish.

I just like this picture. Sitting in Granny Hale’s chair, dreaming out the window. Maybe seeing our butterfly garden, which was her New Year’s wish.

She is a wonderful Big Sis =)

She is a wonderful Big Sis =)

Fun with cousins at Carson's birthday.  Serenity adores her older cousins and wants so badly for them to play with her every second. =)

Fun with cousins at Carson’s birthday. Serenity adores her older cousins and wants so badly for them to play with her every second. =)

 

5/22

“We live on books! Without books we wouldn’t have big imaginations about living on books!”

 

Some random things that Serenity says now:

“Preciousita” What she calls Maia these days. And sometimes her cat.
She said she wanted to sell some of her toys… I restrained myself from crying :Garage sale noooo” and just pointed out that she would probably get tired of sitting and waiting for customers…

She made up a song about friends that aren’t friends anymore…There are a few kids that she doesn’t play with that often at school, but she likes to tell me about the times they have that are happy. So she made up this song: Sing four times “do you remember the day.. Do you remember the daaaaaay?”  Like the day she played vampires with Jonathan.

 

Serenity is really good at introducing herself, and her brother, and now Maia. Donovan is learning this skill too. They do it to just everyone. If the ups man comes to the door. Door-to-door salesmen. The pizza man. Basically anyone that comes to our door gets their life history. And people they meet waiting in line. Hi! I’m Serenity! This is my little brother Donovan! Sometimes we call him DZ! And this little cute baby is Maia. She’s a girl.” It is not easy to interrupt this process. And usually it’s too cute for me to want to interrupt anyway.

 

A few days ago Serenity came in and said to me, in a completely calm, deadpan voice. “This is really an emergency.  I taught Donovan to climb the tree and he can’t get down.” Then she turned and walked back outside. He was indeed stuck about as far up our peach tree as you can get.

She and Donovan often play really well together. The other day they were pretending to sleep on the stairs as a baby doggie and baby kitty. Serenity told me to say “wake up to wake us up”… Yeah right, why would I do that?

Get so excited when Maia looks at them.

Act crazy waving arms dancing to cheer each other up when crying.  Or serenity pretends to whack herself.

 

5/28

As always, May is a crazy busy month! And since Donovan’s birthday is coming up I’m going to go ahead and finish off Serenity’s monthly post even though there are a few more eventful days left in May! I’ll just have to add them to June =)

 

The end of school is always busy and fun. Serenity won an award in her class for being a great reader, which was wonderful fun. And very appropriate. She was thrilled that we got signed up for the summer reading program and checked out a very big book about a girl that gets transformed into a cat, which is just perfect. I really want to know what happens, I may have to sneak it when she’s asleep.
The preschool concert was adorable, featuring the song ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. No, not the alphabet song, the song where they turn the alphabet into a word. I was surprised at how dramatic Serenity was at this concert! She was really into all the motions, she did big motions with a huge grin on her face… at times I wondered if she was making them up as she seemed to be doing some alone… It was great to watch!

 

Field Day was a big event at the stadium again this year. I got to help out thanks to Jen taking Donovan to play at the various stations. I mostly just watched the kids do the handle bouncers and then took pictures whenever I saw kids I knew =) Eric was in charge of the capture the flag again, which he adores.

 

Serenity graduated from her swim class on her last ribbon week. She’s already talking about taking swim lessons again in the fall so she can graduate again =) I think she really loves swimming!

 

The cat. Eric and I had discussed Serenity getting a pet this year. She’s been telling us for more than a year now that when she’s six she’ll be old enough for a pet. And then Eric talked us into going for a hike on Turkey Mountain, and a little gray cat found us. He was about seven weeks old. There was no mother cat in sight, and he just followed us all around the lake area where we were tossing in stones. Serenity just sighed and said, “Oh, I wish she could be my cat. I would call her Snowflake.” Sigh. Irresistible. So we let her carry him down the mountain, got him some food and set him up in the master bathroom. The kids got him a box and cut a hole in it, lined it with a towel to give him a comfy hideout. Oh, the cat is a boy by the way. Serenity wouldn’t believe it when the vet said he was a boy, and said, I don’t care, I just want to call her a girl. It wasn’t until I told her that we could have three girls and three boys in the house that she consented to let him be a boy. Oh, and as far as naming the grey cat Snowflake, she said that he looks just like ” a silver, glistening snowflake.” Maybe our Christmas ornaments? I do have several silver snowflake ornaments. Or maybe he reminds her of her Snow Leopard stuffed animal, who is named Snowy and is grey and white. The deal is, if Serenity feeds him and gives him fresh water every day, and gives him enough attention, we can keep the cat. If she argues about taking care of him or makes Mama nag her about it, he has to go to a family that wants to take care of him. So far, so good. Snowflake is attacking a lot of toes these days and scratching. I think it’s just kitten stuff, but I think DZ is getting scared of him. We’ll see, hopefully he’s getting socialized enough. Right now I am hating the litter box and right now he’s at the vet for ringworm. So we’ll see.

Maia is Five Months Old! =)

Sunday, May 18th, 2014
Love my feet =)

Love my feet =)

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5/17

Maia’s favorite noise right now is a piercing shriek =) It’s all-purpose right now. She uses it when she’s feeling gleeful, indignant, when she’s getting tired, with only a slight variation in the tone to indicate whether she’s happy shrieking or indignant shrieking. Much fun =) She’s also giggling more, especially at her silly siblings. She still coos and gurgles a lot, with the occasional “hi” thrown in. =) I think we have another talker =)

 

She seems to be working on teeth, at least she loves chewing and has reached the drooling point when I give in and actually put on a bib occasionally. It’s that or find her soaked to the waist after ten minutes. =) She’s still calm most of the time and cheerful so far. She also likes biting on toys, especially the cat pacifier. She likes the mirrored toy she got in her Easter basket a lot, and the sqwish, and this bumblebee teething ring that I feel we must have stolen from somewhere as I don’t recognize it. Barrett came over to help babysit her and he watched her drooling all over her toys and his comment was, “That is highly unsanitary.”

 

Sophia passed the jumperoo back so Maia has enjoyed that this month =) She doesn’t bounce a whole lot but occasionally Serenity wiggles it for her to make her grin, and she likes the toys in it, and being upright is such fun! And Mama can only stand her up in her lap for so long =) She loves standing and sitting and rolls easily both ways now, so she’s a busy girl =)

 

She loves playing with her feet, which I find adorable =) She still likes riding in the Moby, which is good because she’s getting so big my arms get tired without it!

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Watching Serenity and DZ on the bunny trail

Watching Serenity and DZ on the bunny trail

Sweet snuggly girl =)

Sweet snuggly girl =)

They look so cute =)  I left for the restroom only to be called back by Jen's piercing shriek when Maia got her hair and Grandma couldn't get her to let go. =)

They look so cute =) I left for the restroom only to be called back by Jen’s piercing shriek when Maia got her hair and Grandma couldn’t get her to let go. =)

Snuggling Grandma =)

Snuggling Grandma =)

Our fateful walk up Turkey Mountain...

Our fateful walk up Turkey Mountain…

She can escape the play gym!

She can escape the play gym!

She loves the blanket with all the ribbon loops I made her now =)

She loves the blanket with all the ribbon loops I made her now =)

She gives sweet "I'm trying to eat your face" kisses.  While holding onto your hair for dear life =)  Love it!

She gives sweet “I’m trying to eat your face” kisses. While holding onto your hair for dear life =) Love it!

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Donovan in April

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

 

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Just look at those eyelashes!!!!

Just look at those eyelashes!!!!

4/11

Donovan was trying to comfort Maia in the car when she was unhappy. “Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Mama’s gonna buy you a billy goat. If that billy goat don’t pull, Mama’s gonna buy you… a billy goat pirate ship.” He promised her lots of billy goat things =) Very sweet!!!

 

4/26

Donovan loves to pretend to be a doggie. He says his name is Ruff Ruff. If you call him a boy, like if I say, “I love you sweet boy”, he’ll remind me “You mean sweet doggie.” He also likes to drink his milk out of a bowl on these occasions. =) He wants me to be his owner. =)

 

His other favorite game is playing school. Serenity started this game, but she doesn’t want to play it often enough for him so sometimes I end up being his teacher =) We’ll have classes, like singing our abc’s, or pretending to be some kind of animal, and then he gets stickers. Love it!!! =)

 

He’s started taking Soccer at Soccer City again this month. He loves it! He talks all week about getting to go to soccer with his Daddy. Today he told me his favorite part of the day was kicking the soft bouncy balls. Eric said he’s getting really good at timing his kicks so he can get a really good kick, instead of letting it hit his knees or another less effective spot. He’s also advancing in swimming! He graduated to an actual class instead of being in a class with Eric. We’re so proud, but also sad for Eric since he doesn’t get to swim every week any more!!!

Rice sensory tub... mini-Easter egg hunt

Rice sensory tub… mini-Easter egg hunt

Sidewalk Chalk Painting

Sidewalk Chalk Painting

His current favorite thing... wearing sister's nightgowns.  Especially on nights they can match =)

His current favorite thing… wearing sister’s nightgowns. Especially on nights they can match =)

Donovan's own Lego Rapunzel's tower (Serenity had built one from regular legos a few days earlier =)

Donovan’s own Lego Rapunzel’s tower (Serenity had built one from regular legos a few days earlier =)

bandaids!  He forgot the "only one bandaid a day unless you are bleeding" rule

bandaids! He forgot the “only one bandaid a day unless you are bleeding” rule

Swimming with his teacher like a big boy!  He was working on arm movements all week. =)

Swimming with his teacher like a big boy! He was working on arm movements all week. =)